President Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May will be among more than 130 world leaders expected for meetings at the United Nations General Assembly this week. May will raise important global issues, including the Iran nuclear deal and the use of chemical weapons by Russia. Britain accuses Russia of poisoning four people in Salisbury, England.
“CBS This Morning” co-host John Dickerson visited the prime minister’s official residence at 10 Downing Street in London for her only interview ahead of the U.N. General Assembly. May told Dickerson that she trusts Mr. Trump and believes Iran is holding up its end of the nuclear deal.
JOHN DICKERSON: When you talk to President Trump, does he listen?
THERESA MAY: Yes, we have very good discussions. And these are, I mean, the point of the special relationship between the United Kingdom and the United States in a sense is that we can have those frank and open discussions. And when we disagree, we will – we can say to each other we disagree and why we disagree. But at the same time, we cooperate on so much else, which is of crucial importance to us. Clearly, obviously security and defense being key to that.
DICKERSON: Is there an instance in which you think he listened to you and his behavior changed?
MAY: Well, I think that we have – we have a number of conversations about these issues. And I think we have – we’ve been talking about issues around trade, about the importance of NATO. … I think I was the first leader to come after his inauguration. We were able to talk openly about the value of NATO. And he reconfirmed the American commitment to NATO.
DICKERSON: When he tells you something, do you trust him?
MAY: Of course I listen to what the American president tells me. We have—
DICKERSON: But do you trust him?
MAY: Well, yes. I mean, we work together. We have a special relationship. This is two people reflecting as leaders of their two countries – the relationship that those two countries have and have built up over a number of years. And as we work together – let me give you a very good example. You know, I spoke to President Trump after the Salisbury attack took place. He said he would expel Russian intelligence officers. He did it.
DICKERSON: You also, it was reported, asked him to raise it with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki. He didn’t. What did you make of that?
MAY: Well, there’s – he raised a number of issues were raised in that discussion.
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SOURCE: CBS News